In order to participate on one of the Sierra Club’s outings, you will need to sign a liability waiver. If you would like to read a copy of the waiver prior to the outing, please see http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/ or call 415-977-5630.

In the interests of facilitating the logistics of some outings, it is customary that participants make carpooling arrangements. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them.  Carpooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among the participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel.

The Outing Committee has worked to find better ways to reach out to interested people regarding scheduled Outings or last-minute ones.  We now have a Meetup Group site; to join, first register with http://Meetup.com and then join our Group (http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/) to get the latest info on Outings and other events.  The Miami Group website (http://miami.ohiosierraclub.org/outings-list/) also has more up-to-date outings info than the Happenings newsletter.

INCLEMENT WEATHER may cancel an Outing. Be sure to check with a leader before heading out to an Outing if you question the weather.

Note: Following each outing description is a “level-of-difficulty” rating: easy to 4-strenuous. This indicates roughly how difficult an outing is likely to be. If in doubt about your skills or endurance, explore plans with the trip leader first. 

April

Wed. Apr. 2, Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. An easy-to-moderate hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. RSVP to Doug Jose at 513-470-5473. 1-3pm; meet in front of the pavilion. Check http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/ for possible cancellation or other changes.

Fri. Apr. 4, Friday Night Hike 2.  Meet at the “Oval” in Mt. Airy at 5:30 p.m.  We will hike while it is light and head for LaRosa’s afterwards for dinner.  Contact Elizabeth Durrell at ejdurrell@mac.com or 513-481-1926 for questions or directions.

Fri.-Sun. Apr. 4-6, Backpack Panthertown Valley, NC 2-3. This is an intermediate large loop hike past lazy, meandering streams with clean white sandbars, where we’ll discover 5 major waterfalls. We’ll leave 7:00AM Friday to explore 10 miles of this unusual, flat-bottomed, high-elevation valley with 300-foot high granite domes and sheer cliffs. Call Barry Randall at 513-607-4515 for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/

Sat. Apr. 5, Fort Ancient Spring Service Outing 2-3. We start at 9:30 AM. Fort Ancient, a prehistoric site owned by the Ohio Historical Society and operated in partnership with the Dayton Society of Natural History, is conveniently located between Cincinnati and Dayton. It hosts a community service program for groups who share an interest in helping to maintain the site. Various projects are available depending on the weather and the number of participants. A minimum of four (4) service hours is requested.

Participants should bring work gloves, boots, appropriate clothing for work and weather, water, lunch, and snacks. Ft. Ancient has tools available but folks can bring their own if they desire. After completion service projects, volunteers can enjoy lunch in the picnic area or in the museum classroom, if the weather is bad. After lunch, you are welcome to visit the 9,000 sq. ft. museum exhibit area free of charge or join a guided site tour.

Fort Ancient is seven miles southeast of Lebanon, in Warren County, on State Route 350. Exit I-71 at Wilmington Road (exit 36) and take Middleboro Road south to State Route 350, turn right to the park. Contact Maria Eckhoff (769-5413 before 9 p.m.) by April 2 to reserve your place. Bring a friend or two!

Sun. Apr. 6, Service Outing on the Bike Path 1-2. We will work maintaining the right of way of the Little Miami Bike Path. We will work from 10 AM until 1 PM on our adopted section North of Avoca Park. Meet at Avoca Park at 10 AM. Bring a lunch if you like. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/

Wed. Apr. 9, Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. An easy-to-moderate hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. RSVP to Doug Jose at 513-470-5473. 1-3pm; meet in front of the pavilion. Check http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/ for possible cancellation or other changes.

Thurs. Apr. 10, TMH Day Hike 1-2. It’s Spring Wild Flowers Time! Meet at a Frisch’s at 9:00 AM for an optional breakfast followed by a one – two hour hike at a near-by park or hiking area at 10:00 AM. We are usually off the trail by about Noon. We decide where to hike usually Tuesday afternoon before the hike depending on the weather then send around an e-mail with the details. During the month of April there may be an additional hike on the 3rd Thursday depending on the weather and availability of leaders. If you want to be put on this e-mail list, send an e-mail to Donna Loughry at dloughry@fuse.net. Please specify that you want to be put on the TMH e-mail list.

Mon. Apr. 14, Service Outing on the Bike Path 1-2. We will work maintaining the right of way of the Little Miami Bike Path. We will work from 4:30 until 7 on our adopted section North of Avoca Park. Meet at Avoca Park at 4:30. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/

Wed. Apr. 16, Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. An easy-to-moderate hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. RSVP to Doug Jose at 513-470-5473. 1-3pm; meet in front of the pavilion. Check http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/ for possible cancellation or other changes.

Sat. Apr. 19, Bike the Roads of Clermont County 2. We will bike the flat roads of Clermont County for about 30 miles starting at 10 AM. Bring a lunch and helmets are required. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/

Wed. April 23, Touring Kayak – East Fork Lake 3-4. East Fork Lake is a 2160 acre lake set in 4879 acres of mostly forested land.  This half day paddle will explore the western basin and arms of this large lake.  View migrating birds.  Bring snacks & water.  A thermos of hot tea is a good idea.  Wind and/or boat generated waves may be encountered.  Cold water paddling skills (recovery), spray skirt usage and suitable winter gear are mandatory.  Co-leads:  Lynn Frock 513-321-3187 & Linda Fahrenholtz 513-410-8424.  Lynn.Frock@cincic.com

Wed. Apr. 23, Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. An easy-to-moderate hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. RSVP to Doug Jose at 513-470-5473. 1-3pm; meet in front of the pavilion. Check http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/ for possible cancellation or other changes.

Thurs. Apr. 24, TMH Day Hike 1-2. It’s Spring Wild Flowers Time! Meet at a Frisch’s at 9:00 AM for an optional breakfast followed by a one – two hour hike at a near-by park or hiking area at 10:00 AM. We are usually off the trail by about Noon. We decide where to hike usually Tuesday afternoon before the hike depending on the weather then send around an e-mail with the details.  If you want to be put on this e-mail list, send an e-mail to Donna Loughry at dloughry@fuse.net. Please specify that you want to be put on the TMH e-mail list.

Sat. Apr. 26, Bike the Roads Around Cowan Lake 2-3. We will cycle for about 30 miles starting at 10 AM. There will be some hills involved. Bring a lunch and helmets are required. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/

Sat. Apr. 26, Glenwood Gardens Get Up N’ Go Hike 2. Shake off those Winter doldrums with a brisk spring hike at this special park. We leave the gatehouse promptly at 9:00 a.m. Located at the end of Glendale-Milford Rd. at Rt. 4 (next to McDonalds). We’ll hike about 3 miles through a variety of restored ecosystems. Contact Maria Eckhoff 769-5413 before 9 p.m. if you need directions.

Sat. Apr. 27, Paddle Bluebell Run 2-3. We will paddle Rocky Fork Creek or best local water. Come join the fun for this boating trip on “Rocky Fork” and the “Paint Creek Shoots” to see the beautiful early wildflowers. During lunch we may have time for a short hike into Highland Sanctuary to view the many beautiful wildflowers. This is an intermediate trip on class 1-2 water; all students who have taken Essentials of River Kayak are welcome. You must have your own boating equipment, including cold water gear, lifejackets, and helmets, lunch & water. We will be leaving Cincinnati and driving to Rocky Fork around 9:00 AM. Our goal hopefully is getting back to Cincinnati around 6:00 to 7:00 PM. For meeting location & details: Please call or email: Sandy Wood (513)-731-9808 or Greg Wood (859)-391-6435 (email: Woodlets@fuse.net)

Mon. Apr. 28, Service Outing on the Bike Path 1-2. We will work maintaining the right of way of the Little Miami Bike Path. We will work from 4:30 until 7:30 on our adopted section North of Avoca Park. Meet at Avoca Park at 4:30. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/

Early May

Thurs.-Sun. May 1-4, Backpack in the Shining Rock Wilderness 3-4. This is a trip for experienced backpackers. We will leave at 7 AM Thurs. and return at about 7-8 PM Sunday. Our trip covers about 30 miles in the mountains near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/

Sat. May 10, Sharon Woods Early Explorers Hike 2. Get your heart pumping on this 5 mile trek through the spring woods. We’ll set out from the Sharon Centre parking lot promptly at 9:00 a.m. and probably wander off the beaten (and paved) track a bit, if conditions permit. Enter on the Route 42 side of the park. Maria Eckhoff 769-5413 before 9 p.m. if you need directions.